Governor Kathy Hochul (D) issues two executive orders from March 13-19

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) issued two executive orders from March 13-19. As of March 19, Hochul has issued nine executive orders in 2023 — five fewer than she did at this point a year ago.

  • Executive Order 27, where the governor declared a state disaster emergency for 37 counties affected by a winter storm.
  • Executive Order 3.18, where the governor extended a state disaster emergency due to gun violence.

Governors use executive orders to manage executive branch operations. During the week of March 13-19, the nation’s governors issued 25 executive orders. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) issued the most with nine. Governors in 39 states issued the fewest with zero. Democratic governors issued 13 of the 25 orders, while Republican governors issued 12.

Hochul has served as governor since Aug. 24, 2021. She issued 64 executive orders in 2022 and 25 in 2021. Nationally, governors issued at least 1,559 executive orders in 2022. Governors have issued 345 executive orders in 2023. Republican governors issued 210, while Democratic governors issued 135. New York is a Democratic trifecta, meaning Democrats control the governorship and both chambers of the state legislature.

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